Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Corsa review

Interior layout
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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Vauxhall Corsa hatchback driving position

Chances are you’ll find it relatively easy to get comfortable in the Corsa. All versions have a steering wheel that adjusts for both height and reach, along with a driver’s seat that moves up and down.

The regular seats don’t hold you in place particularly well through corners, and while the sports seats that feature on the racier trims are better in this regard, they still don’t provide much in the way of lower back support. Adjustable lumbar support isn’t available, even as an option.

The dashboard is mostly logical, including the heating controls, which feature big, clearly labelled buttons and dials.

Vauxhall Corsa hatchback visibility

The Corsa’s thick front window pillars are rather raked back, so your view out of junctions is more obscured than it is in, say, a Fabia or Polo. Similarly, chunky rear pillars hamper your over-the-shoulder view, although the same is true of many rivals.

Only range-topping SE Nav models come with parking sensors (both front and rear) as standard, although you can add these to lesser trims for a reasonable fee. You can also pay extra for a rear-view camera on most trims.

 

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Vauxhall Corsa hatchback infotainment

The Corsa Active has a very basic FM/AM stereo with a CD player, Bluetooth and a USB port. The tiny display means lots of scrolling if you have a hefty music collection or loads of phone contacts.

Every other trim level gets Vauxhall’s Intellilink infotainment system with a 7.0in colour touchscreen. This includes a DAB radio, but its main trick is to function as an extension of your phone, whether Apple or Android, thanks to smartphone mirroring.

The system isn’t as intuitive as that of the Polo or Ibiza, but it isn’t far behind the Fiesta’s. There is sometimes quite a long pause between you pressing the screen and the system responding, though.

Sat-nav is an option on most trims (it's standard on a handful), but we wouldn’t bother with it. It's better to use the smartphone mirroring feature and a navigation app on your phone for directions.

Vauxhall Corsa hatchback build quality

A variety of textured materials that include gloss-finish trim and cushioned rests on the front doors, make the Corsa’s interior look smart and prevent it from feeling too cheap. It’s much classier inside than budget options such as the Dacia Sandero and Ford Ka+, for example.

That said, quality is a long way behind that of the Ibiza and Polo, and even the Fiesta has the edge over the Corsa for general interior fit and finish.

 

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Engines
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1.4i 75
This entry-level 1.4 petrol engine lacks a turbocharger, so needs working very hard. On...View engine
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0-62 MPH15.5 secs
MPG49.6-49.6
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1.4i 90
The 89bhp 1.4 engine doesn’t have a turbocharger, so needs working hard to get the best...View engine
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GearboxAuto, Manual
0-62 MPH13.2 secs
MPG42.8-49.6
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1.4 Turbo 100
The engine to go for. Doesn't cost much more to buy than the non-turbocharged engines...View engine
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0-62 MPH11 secs
MPG49.6-50.4
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1.4 Turbo 150
This 148bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol is available exclusively in the sporty GSi mo...View engine
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0-62 MPH8.9 secs
MPG47.1-47.1
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